Researchers have said reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic have discovered the remains of a bear from the Ice Age in an exceptionally well-preserved condition. They said the bear was found because of the melting permafrost in northeastern Russia’s Lyakhovsky Islands. They said it was a relative of the modern brown bear that lived 22,000 to 39,500 years ago.
’Migration is an issue that has been discussed long enough’ according to Ursula von der Leyen, the EU Commission President. Deep divisions were caused within the bloc due to the migration crisis in 2015 and the scars are still healing today according to von der Leyen. The member states have also been called on by her as she told them to ’step up’ to the challenges posed by migration.
Israel on Tuesday signed diplomatic pacts with UAE and Bahrain at a White House ceremony. Under the agreements, the countries have committed to exchange embassies and ambassadors and to co-operate on a broad array of issues. Israeli PM Netanyahu said the day ’is a pivot of history. It heralds a new dawn of peace’. President Trump declared this will mark the ’dawn of a new Middle East’.
According to the President of Cyprus, it is possible to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean as dialogue with Ankara is still possible. However, Turkey has been accused of provocations by him. He further said that he was open to dialogue only if there are no threats. The same was told by President Nicos Anastasiades after a meeting with Charles Michel, the EU Council President.
A United Nations report has said that the world has failed to meet even one of the 20 biodiversity targets that the world body set 10 years ago to stop the destruction of nature. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 found that despite some progress, natural habitats have continued to disappear, extinction threat of species remains and governments failed to cut subsidies on nature-damaging activities.
Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, also known as Chinese white dolphins and pink dolphins, are returning to Pearl River Delta in Hong Kong as the Covid-19 crisis shut down high-speed ferries between Hong Kong and Macau. Researchers say dolphin numbers in the area have risen by 30% since March. Now, they are calling for protections before the ferries resume.
Rajnath Singh, India’s defense minister, has accused China of violating mutual agreements to maintain peace along the disputed border, also known as the line of actual control (LAC), between the two countries. He also accused China of militarizing the LAC. Singh said this in a Parliament address. Indian and Chinese troops are in a tense standoff at the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
The Covid-19 pandemic is raging unabated in India, the second-most populous country in the world. It saw a sharp rise in the number of infections with the last million coming in just 11 days – a world record. It has now recorded over 5.02 million infections and 80,066 deaths. India imposed a long nationwide lockdown and upped its testing many times since the outbreak, the situation has worsened.
Zhenhua, a Chinese tech company with reported links to the country’s military and intelligence networks, have gathered personal data of millions of people around the world, including highly influential leaders. Analysts said about 2.4 million people are included in the Zhenhua database, which were mostly collected from public open-source data, like social media profiles.
A massive chunk of Greenland’s ice cap has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic. The glacier section that broke off is 42.3 square miles. Scientists view the development as evidence of rapid climate change. The glacier is at the end of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream. In August, a study showed that Greenland lost a record amount of ice during 2019.
The World Trade Organization has ruled that tariffs the US imposed on Chinese goods in 2018, which kicked a trade war, violated international trade rules. It said the US didn’t show evidence of China’s unfair tech theft for justifying the higher import tariffs. Reacting to this, Robert Lighthizer, US’s top trade negotiator, said the WTO is ’completely inadequate’ to stop China’s harmful practices.
Two men suspected to have robbed a jeweler’s shop in the northern German city of Celle have been shot dead by the owner of the shop according to the police. One of the suspected robbers was killed at the scene while the second died later when he was at the hospital. At the time of the alleged robbery, the owner of the shop and his wife were the only people in the jewelry shop.
A US woman working at a resort for US forces stationed in Germany has been blamed for spreading Covid-19 in the Bavarian town by visiting pubs despite being asked to quarantine post symptoms of Covid-19. She was tested on 8 Sept after displaying symptoms. But she ignored directives to quarantine until her results came positive the next day and is believed to have infected another 22 US citizens.
Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has posted a photograph of himself in a German hospital bed surrounded by family members. A day earlier, Navalny, a vocal Kremlin critic, who fell ill after drinking alleged poisoned tea at a Siberian airport, vowed to return to Russia as soon as he recovered.
Amid rising tension between Washington and Beijing, the United States has issued a sweeping new advisory against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong. The US said risk of ’arbitrary detention’ and ’arbitrary enforcement of local laws’ were the main reasons behind the advisory. Reacting to this, China said the US ’shouldn’t engage in unwarranted political manipulation’ when issuing such warnings.
As per the new measures announced on Monday, social gatherings of over six people are now illegal in England. On being asked about her reaction to her neighbors breaking the new rule, Ms Patel told the Kay Burley @ Breakfast show that if there was a big party taking place then it would be right to call the police even though we they were neighbors as it’s about taking personal responsibility.
Charlie Elphicke has been sentenced to prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two women. The former lawmaker from Britain’s governing Conservative party, Elphicke was convicted of assaulting his first victim, his children’s nanny in 2007 and the second, a researcher in 2016. Last year, he was succeeded by his wife as the Member of Parliament for Dover in southern England.